Weekend Cabin: Fogo Island, Newfoundland

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Fishing stages, like this one in Joe Batt’s Arm on Fogo Island, Newfoundland, sit on the edge of the water so cod fisherman can pull their catch right out of their boats and start processing them.

“While they serve a very practical function, they also seem to serve a social role, a place to gather informally, and trade stories,” says Andrew Querner, who shot the photo.

For the past few decades, Fogo has leached young people because there were few jobs outside of the fishing industry, but the island has been getting some attention recently. Zita Cobb, who was born on Fogo, is trying to bring people back. She launched the Shorefast Foundation to help revitalize Fogo and nearby Change Islands, hired architect Todd Saunders to design four artist’s retreats, and has launched an art-in-residence program that encourages artist to explore Fogo and its people through their work. Through Shorefast, she’s also helped encourage a “new ocean ethic” based on more sustainable methods for fragile fisheries.


Want to visit Fogo? Check out the dramatic Fogo Island Inn.


Photo: Andrew Querner
Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.


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